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you can feel it in the air...

This is what I boughted last night:

Greatest Hits Front

Greatest Hits Front
Greatest Hits Back

Greatest Hits Back

I had gone into Wal*Mart looking for Before the Robots, but only found this, and it was only $11, so I it became MIIIIIINE. *insert heinous cackling about pretties for no good reason*

For those of you that have only heard "Good", or think that's the only song of theirs that you've heard, this cd would be a fantabulous listen: every single time I've drug a friend to an Ezra concert, so many of the songs will begin and they will turn to me in shock and say "i didn't know they sang THAT!" granted, there's some on here that they never officially released as singles, i.e. "Live Again" and "Under You", and then there's some that they did release as singles that didn't make it, i.e. "Like it Like That" and "Long Lost".

and YES, my babies! It has the non-live, mixed VOODOO version of "Porcelain", which just makes me want to run off into a corner and touch myself. whoo. *wipes brow* I guess calling it the "Voodoo Version" is a tad more PC than calling it the "Sex Yourself Version". but we all know they were thinkin' it.

Hardercore Ezra fans will also notice that it says that for "This Time of Year" that it's the french radio version. it's basically the more recent version of the song that they play live, complete with "bup!"s, and with a bit of "Get You In" mixed in the middle: "I sit and watch your flowers wilting in the kitchen... I felt like I was one of them gasping for air... I go from room to room hoping to find your presence... I play my music louder than you'd like me to." fanfreakingtastic.

there's also a James cover for "Laid" on there, too, that they said they would usually toss into the midst of "Rosalia" in live shows. I had totally forgotten this song existed. huh.

I also fervently wish that they would bring back more from their Surprise days besides just "Tremble" and the occasional "Winter Coats"... ESPECIALLY "Ezra Pound". that freaking song rocks. if i ever got in a band again, i would beg them to learn it so that we could rock that action live, yo. but no. *heavy sigh*

the liner notes, you ask? yes yes, i was getting to that part. The liner notes have each of the members making random notes regarding each song, i.e. Travis saying that he was friends with Ezra and he was bored waiting for soundcheck to start for his band down the street, so he swung by their practice and heard "King of New Orleans", which blew him away, and how odd it would be not even a year later to be actually recording that very song with them.

Anyhoo. Better Than Ezra? I'm in love. Still.



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Jun. 5th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
I love "Porcelain."
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
meeeeeeeee, too. i loved the original version, but the voodoo version on the album? the SEX version? *swoon* fuuuuck, yeah.
Jun. 5th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Very cool, but you're makin' me cry.

Don't buy music at Wal*mart!
Apr. 24th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
in retrospect, i smack myself in the head. but at the time, all i could think of was OH MAH GAW, SHINY NEW EZRA!!!

i shall curb my enthusiasm in the future *bows deeply*
Jun. 5th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
I want that CD! I'm going to walmart right now :)
Apr. 4th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
oooooooooh, how i love their version of Laid!

and the sex voodoo version of Porcelain!
Jun. 10th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
okay, I suppose I need to check into this better than ezra thing. Since one of my favorite friends is obsessed with them and all. Could you share a song on yousendit.com?
Oct. 30th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
because they're one of my favoritest bands in the world and hold so much sentimental value to me, i wanted to be able to properly portray their range of music to you.

first, is In the Blood, which was released back in '93 (you may have heard it before.) I wanted to send you an acoustic rendition of it, as i feel it's more emotional than the original (i just love acoutstic versions of stuff!) It's not overly evident in this, but live.... they're one of those rare bands that can put forth more emotion live than they do on an album (so many times, a band will move me on the recording, but live... they've just played things so many durned times that it's lost all meaning to them. not so with ezra.)

i also taught myself this song on my guitar (though with the capo on the 3rd fret as my voice doesn't go as deep as kevin's.) and use it as a warm up song. i LOVE singing and playing it SO FREAKING MUCH. when i'm paying attention, i like to slow it down more and try to make it more gut-wrenching.

i wanted to send you a couple of songs by them, and naturally have a teensy story behind each one and why i think it's "so durned speshal". i also know how much you, like me, love to experience music fully: reading the lyrics while listening. thus said, i dunno how long this response would get or how long it would take, so i'm doing it in bits and pieces :D

mwa ha ha.


here's the song:
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Oct. 30th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
okee, next up we have a song from their private release, Artifakt. it's a remake of a song, but i LOVE how kevin's voice sounds in it, and it goes through my head ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME. and it's the type of inner music that goes through my head and makes me dance to it, which always gets me funny looks from others that naturally cannot hear my inner music. (shucks. it's fun in my head.)

also FANTASTIC shower music. not the most lovely lyrics, to be certain but i love the groove.

the song:
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Oct. 30th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
The next one is from their new release, Before the Robots. This song goes through my head whenever i'm in a quiet place, i.e. in front lock up at work putting ink and toner cartridges into a cart to supply the floor with. also causes dancing to inner music.

this is one of their songs that sounds super happy, but has dark lyrics.

excellent for walking to work music, too.

the song:
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Oct. 30th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
and an ezra fest would not be an ezra fest without "Briefly".

shortly after i started this journal, i played hookey from work to go see a noon concert of better than ezra, an acoustic 'breakfast with' type thing. (they served beer and eggs. ha.) they played a few songs from their new album, which all sounded faaantastic. (with my love for acoustic and all.)

that night, they had the full blown concert. i was 2nd row from stage, so i got the MASSIVE pleasure of hearing this song for the first time standing right at kevin's freaking feeeet. and with the amount of emotion this man exudes live? such an experience, especially with everything that i had been going through at that point in my life!!!

during my deepest depression in phoenix, i used to drive around aimlessly and sing my entire heart out along to this song.

the song:
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Oct. 30th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
next up, we have my absolute favorite ezra song of all time, though they must hate it, as they NEVER play it live. "Hung the Moon" has my favorite message, i suppose: basically others think you're a weirdo, but i love how you make me feel, and i think you're fantastic and make the world go 'round. especially the lines "when you've finally won, tell me who's always believed" and "if they change their minds, know i still feel the same way.. that you framed the sun.."

i had discovered ezra a bit after they had released this album, Friction, Baby. i was living in arizona, had just moved in with a coworker (sabrina) and her husband and child. we lived in the boonies and i had just taken on a second job (my first job was at wal*mart, my second at a coffee shop.) in order to impress the boy i was VERY unhealthily obsessed with (the one i told you about that worked in the garden center.) i had to walk a couple of miles each morning to get to the nearest bus stop (lots of fun in arizona in the summer!), and ezra was my walking accompanyment. every time i listen to friction, baby especially, it brings me back to that spring/summer, living in a mobile home (my section didn't have air conditioning). it was also around the time that i had my mini bout with anorexia.

anyhoo. here's the song:
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Oct. 30th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
i HAD planned on sending you one song from each album, but i was torn between two from How Does Your Garden Grow? HDYGG was what i call their 'experimental effort', as there was a lot of machines and electronics and weird arsed instruments used on it, and the album in it's entirety is SOOOO different than aaanything else they did before or have done since. i also call it their 'dark album', as there's songs on there about murder, about a fatherless childhood, about serial killers/stalkers, about break ups, about fighting with loved ones, about raw loveless sex.

the first one, At the Stars, gives me chills. Any Ezralite knows that the boys from better than ezra are "masters of information", meaning that they give out all sorts of different responses whenever asked what a certain song is about. the songs meanings change, depending upon the day. i fervently believe (and keep telling myself) that the following story about this song is true.

well, i know that it IS true that when they released their first album, Surprise, they were a group of four. i want to say the other guitarist's name was joel? something like that. anyhoo. they form, the four of them are playing the club circuit, things are looking up, and BLAM! joel kills himself. none of them saw it coming. they knew that he had been slightly depressed, but no one had a clue that it had gotten to that degree.

so the common ezra myth is that "at the stars" is about joel and the suicide, which gives me chills and sometimes makes me want to cry a little bit.

the song:

the other song, Waxing or Waning?, i feel is very sexy and brings out kevin's southern drawl (them being from naw'leens and all.) it makes me sigh wistfully and daydream about boys.

the song:
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Oct. 30th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
one more, for the cheese factor.

i had to listen to all of the few songs i have from Surprise... "Ezra Pound" is a song i secretly fervently daydream about remaking, should i ever become a rock star. "And We're Fine" is filled with overflowing cheeeeeese. The ezra kids were.. 18ish? when they came out with this album, and it was really more of a demo, recorded in a living room or something like that. they were all trying to be super deep in their lyrics and stuff, and i think it ended up turning out more... ha ha.

but after listening to them all, i think Bag of Cobras would be the best one to send to you. kevin sounds like he's 13 (i think he just turned 37? something like that. 37 or 35.) i absosmurfly love how old school demo it sounds - it reminds me so much of the sound quality of recordings of recordings of unsigned bands' demos that my pen pals would send to me, so although i hadn't been aware of them back then, it has that part of teenage nostalgic quality for me.

the song:

want extra cheese? me and better than ezra back in '97! they're freeping TALL. i'm 5'7"? and my face is in kevin's armpit. (i still obsessively sillily have the pack of gum he took a piece out of. ha!)

okay, i'm done spouting now! gah, i so needed to go on an ezra kick, thank you!
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